Barcelona 'FAIL to pay Lionel Messi and the rest of the squad their full wages for the second half of 2020' despite players agreeing salary cuts worth £109MILLION... as the cash-strapped Catalans battle rising debts amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Barcelona failed to pay any of their first-team players in December and fear further missed payments as the effects of coronavirus continue to bite, according to reports in Spain. On Monday it emerged that the Spanish giants still owe 19 clubs £112million (€126m) in transfer fees. But the overlook now appears much bleaker with Spanish media reporting that Barcelona's financial situation is 'extremely delicate'. Lionel Messi was among a group of first-team players to agree a pay cut back in November Reports
PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes says a move to Paris is 'up to Lionel Messi' and reveals Ligue 1 giants 'are trying to convince' Barcelona star to join on a free transfer this summer
A move to PSG is 'up to Lionel Messi', with the French giants trying to convince Barcelona's wantaway star to join in the summer, according to Leandro Paredes. Messi's future is a hot topic as he enters the final six months of his contract at Barcelona, having come so close to leaving last summer. With it looking increasingly likely that the 33-year-old will end his stay at the Nou Camp, the Ligue 1 champions are one of the few clubs in the world that can afford him. Leandro Paredes (right) has dropped a hint
The Uruguay international has been in excellent goalscoring form since leaving Barcelona in acrimonious fashion over the summer Diego Simeone says Luis Suarez has performed exactly as he expected from his first phone call with him. The Atletico Madrid striker is La Liga’s joint-second top scorer this season, tied with his former team-mate Lionel Messi on 11 goals. Only Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri has more, though both players have played more games than Suarez. Barcelona’s loss has been Atletico’s gain
BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 18: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on December 18, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) Manchester City have started to find their groove at the right time. The Sky Blues have won their last ten games across all competitions and are just two points below the Premier League leaders in Manchester United with a game in hand.
Ronald Koeman remained coy when quizzed if Lionel Messi would return to the Barcelona starting line-up for their midweek Copa del Rey trip to Rayo Vallecano. The Argentine star sat out the recent victories over Cornella and Elche due to suspension after receiving the first red card of his club career – in his 753rd match for the Blaugrana. Messi was dismissed late on in the Spanish Supercopa defeat to Athletic Bilbao for hitting out at Asier Villalibre, but he has now returned to selection for the trip to
Lionel Messi has returned to the Barcelona squad for their midweek Copa del Rey trip to Rayo Vallecano having sat out two matches through suspension. The Argentine received the first red card of his club career in the Spanish Supercopa defeat to Athletic Bilbao and subsequently was forced to sit out the victories over Cornella and Elche respectively. Now he has returned to the squad as Barcelona news this week focus on the trip to Rayo in the Round of 16 in the Copa. — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 26,
The future of Lionel Messi has been at the forefront of Barcelona news for several months and a report has now claimed that he and his family are learning French. Canal+ France journalist Geoffroy Garétier is quoted as telling the network, in quotes carried by El Mundo Deportivo, that the 33-year-old is learning the language alongside his wife and children. Having spent his life between his native Argentina and in Spain – playing the entirety of his career at Barcelona – the player and his family are only
(Photo by Sergen Sezgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Reported Arsenal target Ali Akman has spoken of his desire to quickly go from the Turkish top flight to one of Europe’s top leagues. According to the Daily Mail, the 18-year-old Bursaspor gem is on Arsenal’s radar, but Chelsea have also thrown their name in the hat. Meanwhile, Red Bull Salzburg and Galatasaray apparently tried to strike a deal for the teenager in December, and clubs from Germany, Italy and France are also said to be eyeing the player.
Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri served up yet another masterclass this weekend as he further demonstrated why he is Africa's top striker of 2021 so far. Here's how he and Africa's other top stars fared across Africa this past weekend. En-Nesyri overtakes Messi on La Liga charts Over in Spain, Morocco's En-Nesyri looks to be hitting form just in time for transfer deadline day, as rumours continue to swirl linking him with a move away from Sevilla. He now has seven goals in his last four matches -- including two hat-tricks
Lionel Messi is South America's top scorer, but who else makes the list? Sergio Agüero, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Edinson Cavani Most appearances by a South American** player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying) 147: Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona) 128: Roberto Carlos (BRA – Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe) 114: Dani Alves (BRA – Sevilla, Barcelona, Paris) 105: Fernandinho (BRA – Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City) 105: Javier Zanetti (ARG – Inter Milan) 98: Javier
Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who retain the title of the world's richest club in Deloitte's 2021 Football Money League (Getty Images) Barcelona have retained their status as the world’s richest football club, according to Deloitte’s latest Football Money League. Barca remained fractionally ahead of fellow Spanish giants Real Madrid despite their revenue falling by €125m to €715.1m in 2019-20. European champions Bayern Munich climbed to third ahead of Manchester United, the highest placed English team in
Media watch: We delve into the stories doing the rounds today that are catching the Liverpool eye as well as where to find the latest and best content. Lionel Messi and Barcelona are in a financial mess. Welcome to our first Liverpool.com media watch piece. Maybe not the first, we've definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways.. Anyway we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories
Frenkie de Jong played a prominent role as Barcelona beat LaLiga strugglers Elche 2-0 to stay in touch with the leading pack. Lionel Messi completed his two-match suspension for a red card during the Supercopa de Espana defeat to Athletic Bilbao and Barca struggled to create clear chances in his absence against well-organised opponents. But an error from Diego Gonzalez allowed De Jong to take advantage in the 39th-minute – the Netherlands international unlikely to score an easier one than his fifth LaLiga
Join us for live coverage of the La Liga clash between Elche and Barcelona at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero. Lionel Messi is serving the final game of his two match suspension. Elche v Barcelona, La Liga 2020/21, matchday 20, 24/1/2021 - Official line-ups. BESOCCER Post. That's all from us. Thanks for joining us and see you again soon! Post. FT: Elche 0-2 Barca!! All over in Elche and it was a comfortable win for the visitors. After a dull first 35 minutes, Barca picked up and De Jong gave them the lead
Join us for live coverage of the La Liga clash between Elche and Barcelona at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero. Lionel Messi is serving the final game of his two match suspension. Elche v Barcelona, La Liga 2020/21, matchday 20, 24/1/2021 - Official line-ups. BESOCCER Prev. Valentin Pizarro Gomez is the referee while Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez is the VAR. Prev. 19th v 4th. 17pts v 34pts. Prev. Barca XI: Ter Stegen (GK): Alba, Umtiti, Araujo, Mingueza; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Braithwaite and
Barcelona‘s shock Supercopa de Espana defeat at the hands of Athletic Bilbao can mean two things according to a report in Diario Sport. It could be a turning point or it could mean the Blaugrana have to simply start from scratch. Barcelona bounced back to beat UE Cornella in a Copa del Rey game where there was little to gain but everything to lose. They didn’t do it with style and grace, but they got the job done with a good measure of tenacity and grit. The Supercopa defeat did, however, take the wind out
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish Supercopa final soccer match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at La Cartuja stadium in Seville, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti) F.C. Barcelona and Elche CF face off on Sunday as the two teams lock horns in a La Liga battle. Barcelona currently sits in third place in the standings behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid and look to move up in the standings. Elche is in 18th and also looks
VALLADOLID, SPAIN - JULY 11: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between Real Valladolid v FC Barcelona at the Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla on July 11, 2020 in Valladolid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) After a long wait, FIFA 21 TOTY (Team of the Year) is here! Looking at the players, we can surely say that they fully deserved it but there are some faces missing who lowkey deserve to be a part of the XI. Let’s find out who they are! Thomas Müller
No surprises as Bruno Fernandes deservedly features in the FIFA 21 Team of the Year. EA SPORTS has announced the FIFA 21 TOTY (Team of the Year) and it’s the first time since Ultimate Team’s inception in FIFA 09 that Lionel Messi misses out on a spot in the elite XI. The Barcelona star’s future is up in the air, which comes with an end to their dominate spell in La Liga. Premier League champions Liverpool occupy most of the back-four, with Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and Virgil van Dijk at centre-back.
Whenever Barcelona fell to a surprise defeat to Cadiz on 5 December, it appeared that their title challenge in La Liga was well and truly over. That was the Blaugrana’s tenth league game of the season, but it was already their fourth defeat and they had accumulated just 14 points in that timeframe. In the weeks since, Ronald Koeman’s side have been much more impressive – winning seven and drawing two of their following nine matches. As outlined in Marca, this run has given the Catalan giants hope that